User Review: Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid
Materials: Leather and mesh
Use: Hiking, camping, and motorcycle riding
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 2 pounds, 6 ounces
Price Paid: $90
Out of the box on Monday, six miles on Tuesday.
I am a 64 year old kid who likes to hike, camp, and ride motorcycles. This winter I had to replace my summer boots and wanted a pair that would be both practical for all three activities and comfortable to wear all day long. You see, over the years I have put on about 60 extra pounds and have developed some kind of problem (heel spurs?) that make my size 14 feet hurt after being on them very long. Over the years I had discovered that some shoe/boot brands may feel comfortable in the store but can cause a lot of discomfort after brief use and that a few brands cause more discomfort than others. Therefore, I wanted to find a summer boot that would cause the least amount of discomfort.
I knew that I wanted a boot that was cool to wear in the hot summer months here in the deep south so I decided up front that boots with waterproof liners were out of the question. But I also knew that I would likely get caught in a few rainstorms on my motorcycle and wanted a pair that would dry quickly.
After a few weeks of reading boot reviews, I decided to buy a pair of Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking boots. They have side mesh panels that go down to the insole that reportedly allow water inside the boot to drain quickly and they reportedly dry very quickly after getting soaked. They also have a Vibram sole that provides secure traction on wet streets—this is good for motorcycle riders.
They arrived in the mail Monday afternoon and were surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. They felt like a pair of moccasins or sneakers. To break them in, I decided to wear them to work on Tuesday. After work, my feet still felt good so I decided to walk a short distance and my feet still felt good. So I continued the walk and completed a brisk six miles with no hint of a problem. These boots felt like a pair of running shoes and I think it is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.